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  •  He's dangerous. (3+ / 0-)
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    He should be banned.

    "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

    by Annalize5 on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 11:57:52 PM PDT

    •  He's just here for free advertising (5+ / 0-)

      The guy is only here to write diaries that are all about calling attention to his book. I dunno how dangerous he is, but I think it's ridiculous that his last diary got 17 recs and 39 tips. I guess it's something a lot of people agree with? Not sure how I feel about that one. :P

      "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." - Gandalf the Grey

      by progdog on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 12:43:29 AM PDT

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      •  I didn't agree, (0+ / 0-)

        for the record. I uprated for what I thought was hr abuse.

        You're watching Fox News. OH MY GOD--LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU

        by rexymeteorite on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 12:45:43 AM PDT

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      •  I get the "book pushing" part... (8+ / 0-)

        and while that's offensive in and of itself, my main concern was that he was at the very least undermining, calling into question their diagnosis.

        What if, shall we say, someone decided, solely on the strength of his "opinion", decided to stop taking their meds?

        Absolutely unacceptable.

        People who are affected with bi-polar disorder, as is my own daughter, have a difficult time of it at best. I do know, in her case at least, it can be managed with proper medication and other therapies.

        The point is, he doesn't know any of those people from Adam and is way out of line giving suggestions as to the validity of their diagnosis.

        He has absolutely  no way of knowing who he's talking to and certainly has no way of knowing the intimate details of those folks' relationships with their psychiatrist.

        "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

        by Annalize5 on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 01:33:27 AM PDT

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        •  he thinks psychiatric drugs..... (1+ / 0-)
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          are pushed too much by drug companies to physicians who make a lot of money from it.

          If psychiatrists were better paid, that might make some sense to me, but most don't reap the rewards of this so-called "pushing."  

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 04:43:31 AM PDT

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          •  Say what you want about the doctor (0+ / 0-)

            pushing his book, but my experience was very similar to the original diary.

            After fifteen minutes with the psych doc, I was diagnosed with four disorders, (not bipolar, though) all 'masked' with humor. I was prescribed pills. Did I mention I was going through two major physical illnesses at the time? Of course, I did! The pills made me grin from ear to ear but did nothing to help me fight or beat the physical illnesses. Maybe accept, but in retrospect, I don't think that would have been a winning strategy.

            The psych doc gets to see four patients an hour instead of one, and if you are on mental meds, you have a standing return visit every two months. It was a mob scene, not enough chairs to hold all the cattle people in the waiting room. Sorry, it looked like a money mill to me. I got the hell out of there and went to talk therapy which greatly helped and for me was definitely the better option.

            I'm not saying people don't have real conditions that do require medications, only that medications are vastly over-prescribed.  

            As far as the rewards of 'pushing', you are very naive. I haven't gotten through a doc appt in years without seeing the drug rep 'suits' ushered in. While attending a support group for one of my illnesses, we were surprised to find out nearly everyone in the room who saw one particular specialist had been prescribed the same new additional drug on the last visit. Hmm? The grapevine swore the doctor got a free trip to Paris for writing 20! prescriptions of the new drug. Hell if the doctor didn't take a trip to Paris a few months later. I had greatly trusted this doctor and was very disappointed, but apparently that's how the game is played.

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